Charged with a crime in or near Watertown, MA? Scott F. Boochio is a criminal defense lawyer that can protect your rights under the law. He has more than 12 years of successful criminal defense practice. With over 25 years of combined experience throughout our legal team, Your Legal Rights Advocates are the leading criminal lawyers in Watertown, MA. If you are facing criminal allegations in the Watertown, MA area, we have the experience to defend you and protect your freedom. We do the job, regardless of the offense you’ve been charged with. Our law firm is skilled in the intricacies of DUI, OUI, and drug possession laws. We understand your rights under Massachusetts general law and will work to defend them.If you have been jailed for one of these criminal activities, get in touch with our office before you speak with police any further. We encourage you call or email one of our attorneys asap, the quicker you retain our law firm, the sooner we can focus on defending your rights. As your legal team of lawyers, we defend our clients against scandalous, unfair, or unwanted claims. Over our decades of valuable defense law experience, we’ve come to know the law of Massachusetts. Practical knowledge of the criminal law is only the beginning. We incorporate this knowledge with a legal team of lawyers who are serious about their client’s futures. We go the distance when representing and defending our clients to the best of our abilities. A local criminal defense attorney understands the local specific laws that may apply to your criminal charges. We’ve litigated in this area and fully understand the Watertown, MA criminal system As defense attorneys, we review your charges and develop an individual defense response to respond to the charges you are facing. We will lead you throughout your criminal case, through each step of the process. We’ll act to see that you get the best possible outcome.
Watertown, MA DUI/OUI Criminal Defense Attorneys
Driving under the influence in Massachusetts is governed by Massachusetts’ General Law Part I Title XIV Chapter 90 section 24(1)(a)(1), which states; Whoever, upon any way or in any place to which the public has a right of access, or upon any way or in any place to which members of the public have access as invitees or licensees, operates a motor vehicle with a percentage, by weight, of alcohol in their blood eight one-hundredths or greater, or while under the influence of intoxicating liquors, or of marijuana, narcotic drugs, depressants or stimulant substances, all as defined in section one of chapter ninety-four C, or the vapors of glue shall be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred nor more than five thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than two and one-half years, or both such fine and imprisonment. If you are arrested while operating a motor vehicle and have a BAC of .08 or higher, you are in violation of the law. The sentence you could face if convicted is up to two and half years in jail and/or a fine anywhere from $500.00-$5,000.00.
Looking for a B&E or Home Invasion lawyer or attorney near you?
Burglary and/or Breaking and Entering allegations are severe offenses in Watertown, MA. If you’ve been arrested for entering a dwelling, Breaking and Entering is charged as “Home Invasion”, if convicted you could be facing a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison. When your freedom is at risk, you need an attorney that understands how to defend you against these criminal charges.
Drug Offenses Require an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
Individuals knowingly or intentionally possessing any controlled substance without a valid prescription are violating the law in Massachusetts. Up to one year of incarceration and/or up to a $1000.00 fine is the penalty for these crimes in Massachusetts. The fines and amount you spend to defend yourself can vary depending on the substance itself and the amount found on your person. To be found guilty of possession, you must:
You must have knowledge of the substance, have actual possession of it, meaning on your person or in your control.
Marijuana is now legal in this state if you are at least 21 years old. That being said, it still cannot be consumed in any form in public or on federal land. You may have up to 1oz on your person and up to 10oz in your home. Like alcohol, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana. Note, you can still be criminally charged for possessing more than 1oz of marijuana on your person. Penalties can be up to one year of jail/prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Employers, cities, and landlords may also impose additional rules, regulations, or laws that govern marijuana usage can also apply. It is best to check these rules when starting a new job, moving into a new living space, or town to make sure you are not in violation of these policies. You can be charged for heroin crimes, even if you do not possess the heroin. If convicted for knowing of the heroin’s presence, you can face up to one year of incarceration and up to a fine of $1,000. A first offense possession of heroin conviction can result in a criminal sentence of up to two years in the house of corrections and up to a $2000.00 fine. Additional convictions can result in convictions resulting in up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5000.00
Watertown, MA Domestic Violence Criminal Defense Attorney at Law
An assault that is alleged to have occurred between persons who have a domestic relationship is considered domestic violence . You can face charges for domestic violence, even if the victim does not pursue criminal charges. Prosecutors often go after these cases. From misdemeanor to felony charges, domestic violence convictions carry their own criminal penalties. A conviction can also affect your rights to own or possess a firearm, and if you are not a US citizen, your immigration status can be negatively affected as well. Put Lawyer Scott Bocchio and his Criminal Defense Team’s 25 years of experience in defending Domestic Violence charges to work for you.
Facing allegations of armed robbery in Watertown, MA?
Armed Robbery is governed by Massachusetts General Law Part IV Title I Chapter 265 section 17, which states; Whoever, being armed with a dangerous weapon, assaults another and robs, steals or takes from his person, money or other property which may be the subject of larceny shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for life or for any term of years. If you have anything that distorts your face (like a mask) on during the robbery, you may face more severe criminal penalties. Punishment is greater yet if, during the commission of the robbery, the assailant is armed with certain firearms. According to Massachusetts law, unarmed robbery is defined as: Whoever, not being armed with a dangerous weapon, by force and violence, or by assault and putting in fear, robs, steals, or takes from the person of another, or from his immediate control, money or other property which may be the subject of larceny, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for life or for any term of years. Wearing a mask and pointing a shotgun at the cashier while robbing a store (armed robbery) is more serious than stealing a woman’s purse while walking down the street (unarmed robbery). Nevertheless, robbery, whether armed or unarmed, is a serious crime that carries severe criminal liability.